Faculty Publications

Title

A test of U.S. versus germanic european ethical decision-making and perceptions of moral intensity: Could ethics differ within western culture?

Document Type

Article

Journal/Book/Conference Title

Journal of Managerial Issues

Volume

26

Issue

3

First Page

259

Last Page

285

Abstract

International management must adjust to different cultures' moral attitudes, values, and behaviors. Previous research suggests that national culture impacts ethical decision-making and that circumstances high in moral intensity lead to stronger ethical decisions than situations low in moral intensity. In a laboratory experiment, this study finds that U.S. subjects have greater ethical awareness than Germanic Europeans. This finding is attributed to cultural differences in perception of moral intensity. Subjects from the U.S. versus Germanic Europe perceive some of the six dimensions of moral intensity at significantly different salience, dependent upon the level of moral intensity involved in an ethical decision.

Original Publication Date

9-1-2014

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